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Hey Folks~Just to let you know that they put the top coat on the lake access today so now it's all done!

Want to hit Blackduck, but then we are getting really good reports on other area lakes the last few days, including Bemidji, Plantanganet (muskies), Rabideau and Upper Red Lake (northerns). Hard thing being in the middle of so many lakes...decisions, decisions.

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I've been waiting for cooler temps before venturing up. Is it almost time? Coming up first of October to Island Lake. Anything to report from there? Or should we wait a little longer? Don't know how much longer we can put it off.
Thanks,
DT

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Hi Crappieslapper~The cooler temps are starting to kick in. We were out on Blackduck for a couple hours late this morning and the water temps are in the mid 60's. Today it's suppose to get in the high 70's, tomorrow 80 in Blackduck, but after that it drops down to the 50's & 60's~fall may finally get here.

We haven't hit Island, so can't help you out there. Thinking of hitting Rabideau this afternoon to see if it is still going as good as it was. Pimushe was also doing good on crappies. Nice thing about this area, if one lake is slow there are plenty of others to give a try smile.gif

One of the guys from the Foresty Service just stopped in about fall color flyers...he said that with the warm temps the colors are about a week behind, so when you make it up here the first of October there should be some pretty nice scenery to look at while you're out on your boat..inbetween catching fish that is!

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Nothing better than sitting in the boat, catching fish, checkin' out the scenery in the company of friends and some cold beverages. I'll let you know how things go if
I don't hear from you before. Thanks!

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Ahhhh, life just doesn't get much better! Took a drive to Bemidji today and you can see the start of some color on a few trees..then you look over to the side and see deer, what a great site.

Good Luck and post how it went when you get back....bet you're counting the days.

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Crappieslapper,

Yes! Please do give us a report on your trip to Island Lake. I've only fished Island once in mid-September. That was about four years ago. I did very well on walleye. No wall mounters but plenty of good eaters.

My Minnesota fishing is unfortunately over for this year so your report will be most welcome.

Best of luck.

Say hello to FiveBucks and the good folks at Bender's Camp for me.

Indiana Mike

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CrappieSlayer,
I'll probably be on Island the weekend of Oct. 5th. Since I used my mgmt.tag bow hunting this last weekend my Island trip will be mostly fishing. If you're on the lake then feel free to swing by my boat or dock any time and see how the bite is. I have a 18' red Lund Pro-V and 75 Mariner tiller. My dock is on the southeast side right east of Spook Island (little island). If you're up there after that I'll fill you in on how I did.

P.S. In case anyone is wondering on my name, it's not because I shot 5 bucks but there are 5 of us that bought some deer land together by LOW and we call our camp "Fivebucks Lodge".

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Fivebucks,
I will be heading up on Thursday, October 3rd, and leaving on Sunday the 6th. I'll keep an eye out for your boat and your dock. I think I know right where you're at. I'm usually on the south side of the big island fishing, so I should be able to spot you no problem. I'll have a report for you at that time seeing as we'll start fishing Thursday afternoon. Or, if you're out on the water, I'll be in an Alumacraft 16' w/Johnson 30hp.
See ya there,
Dan

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That's sounds good CrappieSlapper (Dan). I am taking Friday off so I don't know if we'll drive up Thurs. night or Fri. AM. I'll look for you.
Mark

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